William A. Connors

Date of Passing:

November 18, 2021

Connors, William A. Jr., 89, of Middle Street, Riverside, died peacefully on November 18, 2021 at the Island Health Care Center, Riverside, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Laurine A. (Clang) Connors.

Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late William A. Connors Sr. and Onilda H. (Lussier) Connors, he lived in Riverside since 1965 and Florida for 6 years.

Mr. Connors was a Laborer for Local #271 for 40 years before retiring in 1982.

William was a former Riverside Pop Warner Football Coach. He enjoyed summers on Prudence Island and spending time with his loving family.

Mr. Connors was a devoted Catholic and communicant of St. Brendan’s Church. He was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy Class of 1950.

A sports enthusiast, William was a devoted New York Yankees fan.

Mr. Connors was a United States Army Veteran serving as a staff sergeant in the Korean Conflict.

Besides his wife of sixty four years, he is survived by his children, Kathleen F. Heaton of Providence, Paul A. Connors of Riverside, Nancy E. Crawford of Charlestown, Thomas J. Connors of Invergrove Heights, Minnesota and Donna B. O’Malley of Marble, NC; two sisters, Carol Ward of Attleboro and Madelyn Young of Plainville; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was the brother of the late Gertrude Baines, Dorothy Bouthillette and Charlotte Richards.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside on Friday November 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in William’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Dad I will miss and love you forever. Thank you for your love, support, faith in God, and being there when we needed you. I will be with you again ❤️ God Bless you xo

  2. Paul – so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. May precious memories of your dad carry you through the difficult days that lie ahead. Wendy & Morgan

  3. Paul,

    Beyond the classmates condolences here, myself and the entire Class of EPHS 1979, pass on our condolences and prayers to you.

  4. I’m sorry to hear of your Dads passing Paul. Rest in peace Coach…

  5. Condolences to you and your family Paul.

  6. Bill Connors was one of my parenting role models growing up, He was my first football coach and the man who let me shoot a thousand free throws (or more) in his yard – even when no one else was around. Bill was the epitome of a “do it yourself” man – never asking for help and always offering. I am blessed that I grew up with such a man in my life.

  7. Paul,

    Sorry to hear of your dads passing. May he rest in peace.

  8. Paul,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  9. Paul my condolences to you & your siblings. May your Dad Rest In Peace

  10. Thinking of the family and wishing you peace and comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts as we remember your husband and father. I have fond memories of my Uncle Bill and the Love and good times our family shared. We share in this time of grief, but also share the Love and memories of your father, my Uncle Bill has left us. Forever Remembered, Forever missed.

  11. Bill was a fantastic grandfather to mine and Tom’s two daughters, Macy and Alyssa Connors. He was loving, caring and always made them laugh. My heart is with the rest of the Connors family during this time.

  12. Rest in peace, Bill. There aren’t enough words to tell you how heavy my heart is. You could never imagine how much I am going to miss you, my one and only brother. Love you, Carol

  13. We are so very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. It was such a great joy getting to see him in Florida and his wife and daughter too. I remember him so well from when we were teenagers running around on Prudence having a grand time. He was much admired by all the girls!
    May angels wing him to his rest.

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